This time of year is very touchy for NFL players. Don’t believe me? Ask second-year Chargers’ linebacker Melvin Ingram, who tore his ACL Tuesday during an organized team activity.
This is the period of the off season where players are many months removed from the previous season, yet training camp is still a couple of months away. The players need to manage their training in a unique way so that they’re completely fresh for training camp and the regular season, but still have enough endurance, strength, power, etc. to do great things from the start.
That’s why I talked to Loren Landow, who is the director of sports performance for the world-renowed Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver. Landow served as the Broncos‘ unofficial strength and conditioning coach during the 2011 lockout, which prevented players from working with team coaches and trainers. Landow had over 30 players who were interested in preparing their bodies for the rigors of training camp and the regular season that summer. Landow is still the off season strength and conditioning coach for many Broncos players and other players around the league.
I asked him about injury prevention and what it takes to prepare players to make it through an entire season among other things.